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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Introducing... Higley Online Academy! 
     
    Higley Online Academy... an opportunity to earn elective credit through our district's new virtual curriculum; students may select from over 20 course offerings, earning up to 4.0 elective credits towards graduation. If a student is enrolled in 5 classes on campus, he/she may take a course through Higley Online Academy as the 6th credit bearing course free-of-charge.
     
    Check back here for more details posting soon. 
     

     
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  • Parent workshop with Positive Coaching Alliance

    In spring 2014, the Higley Unified School District signed on to bring Positive Coaching Alliance training to our student-athletes, coaches and families. Positive Coaching Alliance promotes “better athletes, better people” through a three-prong approach:
     
       The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more-important goal of life lessons through sports;
       The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing; and
       The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
     
    Our coaches and students-athletes from several teams have heard the message over the last few months. This week, parents are invited to attend and listen to the Positive Coaching Alliance trainers, as well as our new coaches and district Athletic Director Michael Fowler.

    The event will start 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Higley High School in the HCPA Auditorium with a general introduction. Parents may then talk to individual coaches who have set up meetings. The "High School Parent Talk" will start about 7:25 p.m. back in the HCPA.

    Parents who attend a parent workshop will be able to:
       • Know what is expected of them as a high school sports parent
       • Understand the parents’ goals and their child’s goals related to high school sports participation
       • Match their behavior as a parent to their goals for their child’s high school sports experience
       • Support their children to bounce back from mistakes and setbacks
       • Teach their children about the importance of a growth-mindset
       • Understand and manage the relationship between the Parent and Coach

    We hope you can join us!

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  • Parent Focus groups announced for Superintendent Search
     
    In spring 2014, Dr. Denise Birdwell, Superintendent at Higley Unified School District, announced plans to retire on June 30, 2015. The Higley Unified School District Governing Board is preparing for a superintendent search to identify the next district leader. Two Parent Focus groups will be held this month to gather input from the community about the characteristics it seeks for the next district leader.

    Please select a meeting based on your child’s school. Meetings will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 6 p.m. Aug. 21. For more information, please see this flyer.


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  • Higley High and All Higley Schools Earn 'A' Ratings from
    Arizona Department of Education
     
    The Arizona Department of Education recently released school performance rankings based on spring 2014 AIMS scores. We are proud to announce that all elementary, middle and high schools in the Higley Unified School District earned “A” ratings.

    The news was announced as nearly 12,000 students in preschool through high school began their first day of the 2014-15 school year.
     
    For the last four years, the Arizona Department of Education has rated school performances with letter grades based on academic growth and student achievement. This is the fourth year in a row that the Higley Unified School District has earned an “A” grade. Higley Unified School District was the top point earner for large, public school districts in Arizona this year. In fact, five of our eight elementary schools are in the Top 10 percent of all K-6 schools in Arizona.
     
    “We are elated to share our ‘A’ grades with Higley families, the Towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and the entire Valley,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “It is a testament to the work of our teachers, staff, students and families. Finding out Higley is the top, large school district in the state brings recognition to the hard work of the entire Higley schools community. From students and their parents to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom aides and school principals, we wish to thank everyone for their efforts that contribute to making Higley the best district in the Valley.”
     


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  • Higley High School Schedules 2014-2015
    MONDAY - FRIDAY - A SCHEDULE   MONDAY - FRIDAY – B SCHEDULE
    0 Hour 6:30 AM 7:25 AM
    0 Hour 6:30 AM 7:25 AM
    1st 7:30 AM 8:25 AM
    1st 7:30 AM 8:25 AM
    2nd 8:30 AM 9:25 AM
    2nd 8:30 AM 9:25 AM
    3rd (Announce) 9:30 AM 10:35 AM
    3rd (Announce) 9:30 AM 10:35 AM
    4th           10:40 AM 11:35 AM
    Lunch 10:35 AM 11:10 AM
    Lunch 11:35 AM 12:10 PM
    4th           11:15 AM 12:10 PM
    5th 12:15 PM 1:10 PM
    5th 12:15 PM 1:10 PM
    6th 1:15 PM 2:10 PM
    6th 1:15 PM 2:10 PM
    7th 2:15 PM 3:10 PM
    7th 2:15 PM 3:10 PM
    ASD 2:15 PM 3:15 PM
    ASD 2:15 PM 3:15 PM
     
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  • Attendance Guidelines
     
    Updated Attendance Guidelines can be viewed by clicking the link Attendance Guidelines.
     
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  • August Menus Online
     
    The August Breakfast & Lunch menus have now been posted on each school's website. It can be located under the school's "programs" tab under "food services."
     
    Visit mymealtime.com to set up or add money to your child's meal account or to apply for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits online.
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  • Parentvue
     
    Parents can see student grades and attendance records through a system called “ParentVue.” Teachers post assignments and grades, along with daily attendance, on the system that can then be viewed by parents through a home computer or cell phone. Teachers post links to ParentVue (sometimes referred to as "Online grades") through their teacher webpages. You can also reach ParentVue through this link.

    To use ParentVue, parents need a personal code created by their student’s school. Please visit your school office for more information.


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  • 2014-15 Code of Conduct now online

    The 2014-15 Student Code of Conduct was approved by the Higley Unified School District governing board. The new code of conduct can be found online at the link below and on each school website, as well as the “Parent Tab.” We ask that all parents read the document and return the acknowledgment forms with their students. If you do NOT want your student’s directory information released, please also return that form. If you do NOT want your child interviewed or photographed by the district for use on the district website, please check and return that form. If you do NOT want your child interviewed or photographed by outside news media, please check and return that form.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your school staff.
     
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    Please use the following link to access Higley High School’s summer newsletter. The newsletter contains a letter from Ms. Hood, the schedule for Kingdom Days and Freshman Orientation, and information regarding the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.  

     
     
     
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  • Bond project update
     
    In November 2013, Higley Unified School District voters approved a $70 million bond plan that included school improvements, land purchases and new facility construction.
     
    Preparation for school improvement projects took place over the last few months. During the last week of May - just after the release of students - crews started work at many of our campuses.
     
    August 2014
     
     HHS office
     

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  • New school meal prices approved
     
    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board approved new breakfast and lunch prices for the 2014/15 school year in May. The schools will not be providing free breakfast next school year. Breakfast can still be purchased at the new set prices.

    Preschool families: Beginning next school year, full-day students can purchase a lunch or bring their own sack meal. Preschool students in morning Kids Club will also be able to purchase a breakfast or bring their own. Snack will still be provided in the afternoon Kids Club. Teachers may also set a rotating schedule for students to bring snacks during regular Brilliant Beginnings and Kindergarten Prep classes.

    The new 2014/15 Free & Reduced Price Applications will be available online after July 7 at husd.org. All families are welcome to submit an application to their schools. Acceptance is based on family income and size.

    New prices for the next school year are as follows on this chart.


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  • Open enrollment 2014/15 applications available
     
    Families interested in submitting an open enrollment application for any of Higley’s eight elementary schools, two middle school and two high schools may do so now for the 2014/15 school year. Arizona law allows students to submit an open enrollment application to any public school.   Admission may be subject to space available. Open Enrollment Form.
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  • Free immunizations available

    Chaparral Elementary School will host a series of free immunization clinics by the Chandler Regional Medical Center over the next few months, giving parents an opportunity to immunize children with school vaccinations. 

    The hospital’s Community Wellness Children’s Immunization Program aims to provide free immunizations to children 6 weeks to 18 years old.

    The next Chandler Regional Medical Center clinic at Chaparral, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert, will be in the school’s cafeteria 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

    More information about this federally–funded program is here.


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  • District Governing Board sets calendar for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
     
    The Higley Unified School District board voted Tuesday to maintain the current school calendar configuration for the 2014/15 school year and move to a modified year-round calendar in 2015/16.

    The board approved calendars for the next three years based on the recommendation to the Superintendent by the calendar committee.

    With the vote, the 2014/15 school year will begin
    Aug. 4, 2014, and will end on May 21, 2015. There will be one-week fall and spring breaks and a two-week winter break.
     
    The committee used a survey to determine calendar preferences of parents, teachers and staff, and students. Based on those results, the committee made the recommendation for a transition year to make sure families have time to plan.
     
    The adopted calendar for 2015/16 includes a start date on July 27, 2015, and an end date on May 26, 2016, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks. The adopted calendar for the 2016/17 includes a start date on July 25, 2016, and an end date on May 25, 2017, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks.
     
    The board did ask that the standing calendar committee revisit the 2016/17 calendar to see if the end of the first semester can coincide with the start of winter break. 

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  • Parents! 
     
    Please take a moment to sign up for E-Alerts. Get all the latest information emailed to you throughout the school year. Click here to sign up. 
     
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  • Higley High School Dress Code 

    Portions of the information in this section are an intentional duplication of the “Higley Unified School District Student/Parent Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.”  The duplication is intended to re-inform and confirm with parents and students the importance of dressing appropriately for the school setting.  What may be appropriate around the house and/or in a teenage social setting may not be allowable at school.  Certain dress code violations could be considered a health or safety issue and/or a disruption of the educational process.  These violations could be subject to disciplinary action.  Your understanding and cooperation with this issue is greatly appreciated by the students and employees at Higley High School.                             

    Students may not wear clothing that causes annoyances, disrupts, agitates, interrupts, or interferes with others who are on the school premises for the lawful purpose of pursuing or providing a public school education.

    We believe that Higley High School students should dress modestly and appropriately for school.

    Therefore, the following items are not allowed:

    -     No hats in the buildings or classrooms at any time

    -    Shirts, blouses, and tops exposing a bare midriff  (skin should not be revealed between the bottom of the shirt/blouse and the top of pants/skirts/shorts).

    -         Bare shoulders (no spaghetti straps or halter-tops).  Shirt and blouse shoulder straps must be a minimum of 1.5 inches wide (two finger width).

    -         Deeply/narrowly cut in the front, back, or under the arms, i.e. basketball jerseys worn without the appropriate undershirt or dress code appropriate tank top.

    -         Clothing not covering buttocks, genital area or underwear (i.e., baggy or saggy pants, shorts, and short skirts).

    -         Exposed underwear, including bras, bra straps, and bandeaus.

    -         Clothing made of see-through fabric, including sheer, mesh, lace, and macramé.

    -         Shorts and skirts must be at least mid-thigh length.

    -         Clothing, backpacks, binders, or other accessories, jewelry, or skin markings with symbols or messages regarding tobacco, alcohol, drugs, race, gambling, obscenities, nudity, profanity or sexual connotations.

    -         Clothing identified by law enforcement agencies as being popular with gangs/negative student groups such as clothing with gang names, slang street names, eight ball markings (it suggests drug use or feelings of being discriminated against), or satanic markings are examples of this type of clothing.  Bandannas of any color, size, or shape may NOT be carried or displayed in any classroom or at any school activity.

    -         Head scarf/skull cap, hairnets, do-rags, bandannas, head/sweat bands, and similar items.

    -         Ribbed white tank top underwear minimum of 1.5 inches wide.

    -         Pajamas, blankets, and house slippers are not appropriate clothing for school and may not be worn.

    -         No bare feet.  Shoes must be worn at all times.

    -         No open toe shoes that would pose a safety/health issue (examples: Wood Shop, Early Childhood, science labs, etc. This is at teacher discretion)

    -         Profane or defamatory writing/pictures.

    -         Items that present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school.  Examples are, but not limited to jewelry and ornamental accessories such as chains, spiked collars spiked wristbands, (these items present a safety hazard to self and/or others.

    -         Items that could cause excessive wear or damage to school property (chains, pins, spikes, etc. attached to clothing).

    Students will be required to change into a school-provided t-shirt if his or her clothing is deemed inappropriate.  Refusal to do so could result in disciplinary action.  School administrators will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of student appearance.


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Higley High School is a comprehensive 9-12 high school serving the educational needs of students in Gilbert, AZ. Higley High School was awarded an A+ SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE designation by the Arizona Education Foundation. Higley offers a wide range of curriculum designed to challenge all students and prepare them for college and careers after high school. Some of these programs include a full range of AP, honors, and dual enrollment courses along with Career and Technical Education and Engineering programs.  In addition to a commitment to outstanding academics, Highly High encourages all students to participate in extra-curricular activities. Whether it be the fine arts, sports, student council, or one of many campus clubs, Higley High is the place to get involved and enhance your high school experience. Welcome to Higley High School.
 
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